Author Archives: Michael Patton

About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.

Island of the Lotus Eaters, revisited

I’ve revised a story from Homer’s Odyssey: the brief episode on the island of the Lotus Eaters. First, consider the book version: After Odysseus drops anchor at that island, he sends forth three of his crew to investigate… The three … Continue reading

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not fighting Mercury in Retrograde

Recently, while watching a program on the mysteries of the Universe, I began to wonder… …when is the next Mercury in Retrograde period? The scientists on that program would certainly say: Mercury in Retrograde is bunk.  During those three-week periods, … Continue reading

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fable of the angel, the ship, and the big step

An hour before departure, I stood gazing up at that monumental ship—that grand silver tower—knowing it would deliver me to new worlds…faraway lands…beyond old borders… This voyage of exploration would expand my mind, my perspective in ways I couldn’t conceive. … Continue reading

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fable of the little bird who died happy

One afternoon, a fledgling bird, fresh from the nest and still unsure of its wings, came to rest on a wire strung between two tenement buildings… As the bird took a breath, it suddenly felt an odd stirring in the … Continue reading

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Icarus & Daedalus, revisited

We know the story of Icarus well… We know how the boy flew too close to the sun… …which caused the wax on his wings to melt… …which caused the feathers to drop off… …rendering his wings useless. And so, … Continue reading

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fable of the mouse who lived as a rat

A poor street mouse, desperately looking for a home in the cold rain… …found the backstage door to a theater open.  There, under the facade of a house front propped against the wall, a mother rat nursed her litter.  The … Continue reading

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the fable of Bill & Edna’s ark

We know about Noah’s ark, but not about Bill and Edna’s… …though their boat was just as big as his. Like Noah, Bill and his wife listened when God spoke and obeyed his command. After studying the fundamentals of shipbuilding, … Continue reading

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